House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has appointed Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) to the House Intelligence Committee, the committee that will be conducting the initial public hearings in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.
"I am appointing [Jim Jordan] to the Intelligence Committee--which has now become the Impeachment Committee-- where he will continue fighting for fairness and truth," Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced in a tweet.
I am appointing @Jim_Jordan to the Intelligence Committee—which has now become the Impeachment Committee—where he will continue fighting for fairness and truth. @RepRickCrawford has been an exemplary member of the committee and will rejoin it when this Democrat charade is over.— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) November 8, 2019
Leader Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on Rep. Jordan's appointment:
“Rick is an exemplary member of the House Intelligence Committee and fulfills his oversight responsibilities with a sense of seriousness, thoughtfulness, and dedication to our country. In Speaker Pelosi’s House, those responsibilities have fallen victim to partisan witch hunts. The typically venerable Intelligence Committee has now become the partisan Impeachment Committee. Along with millions of Americans across the country who are frustrated with this impeachment-obsessed majority, Rick has offered to step aside for this charade. When it is finished, Rick will rejoin the committee and resume his work to keep our country safe.
“Jim Jordan has been on the front lines in the fight for fairness and truth. His addition will ensure more accountability and transparency in this sham process.”
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff has been at the helm of the Democrats' impeachment efforts against President Trump. Earlier, it was learned that the whistleblower had contacted Chairman Schiff's staff under the guise of seeking guidance for his complaint against President Trump.
Rep. Jordan is the ranking member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee and has been a fierce critic of the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry into President Trump. On Thursday, Jordan revealed that Republicans planned on subpoenaing the whistleblower whose complaint about President Trump's phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky is at the very center of the impeachment inquiry in the House.